Beijing Games: Day 12
Usain Bolt ran a record 19.30 in the 200 on Wednesday, breaking Michael Johnson's mark of 19.32 set in 1996.
U.S. catcher Stacey Nuveman and her teammates were pushed into extra innings against Megu Hirose and Japan, but scored four runs in the ninth to win 4-1 and advance to the gold medal game.
Crystl Bustos is congratulated after her three-run homer gave the U.S. plenty of cushion.
BMX made its debut in the Olympics at the Bejing Games on Wednesday as 16 women and men cruised into Thursday's semifinals. All three U.S. men advanced.
American racers Mike Day and Kyle Bennett (center) showed exactly what BMX is about. Day put on a display of dominance, winning the time trial and each of his three quarterfinal heats. Bennett moved on as well, but paid a huge price, dislocating his left shoulder after a wreck in his final heat.
Kyle Bennett of the U.S. (riding in third place in photo) finished eighth in the third of three quarterfinal runs but advanced to the semifinals because of second- and fourth-place finishes in the earlier runs.
Mike Day (far left) and Donny Robinson lead the pack in the BMX debut.
Phil Dalhausser (in white) goes up against Renato Gomes of Georgia. Dalhausser and Todd Rogers won 21-11, 21-13 and will play for gold on Friday.
Yao Ming's and China's hopes of winning a medal were dashed as they lost to Lithuania 94-68 in the quarterfinals.
Kobe Bryant and the U.S. defeated David Anderson and the Aussies 116-85 in the quarterfinals.
Aksana Miankova of Belarus won gold in the hammer throw.
Aleksandar Ciric (9) of Serbia fights for the ball against Spain's Ricardo Perrone in the quarterfinals.
Roqaya Al-Gassra of Bahrain competed in the 200 while wearing a white hijab and a red, full-length suit. She didn't qualify for tomorrow's final.
Melaine Walker of Jamaica finished first in the 400-meter hurdles.
USA's Clayton Stanley (13), David Lee (4) and Riley Salmon (10) put up a wall of defense against Serbia's Dejan Bojovic in the quarterfinals.
Bernard Lagat of the U.S. leads the pack in his heat of the 5,000.